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Best Cities for Successful Aging |
 
Percent of Population 65+:  %
Population 65+:  
Total Population:  

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 81.58 -100.00 %
Health Care 50.15 -100.00 %
Wellness 68.45 -100.00 %
Financial 81.09 -100.00 %
EducationEducation 71.18 -100.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
71.18 -100.00 %
Employment 51.56 -100.00 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
57.14 -100.00 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
51.89 -100.00 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 49.09
Crime Rate 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 80.67
Unemployment Rate 46.80
Income Distribution 84.25
Weather 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 33.5
Number of hospital beds 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 13.35
Number of nurses 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 2.35
ER Wait Times 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 46.33
Smoking rate 13.69
Diabetes rate 41.83
Binge drinking 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 74.78
Caregivers 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 76.89
Depression 49.3
Physical activity 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 42.27
Fast-food outlets 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 17.69
Air quality 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 53.83
Total bank deposits 1.37
Tax burden 70.55
Dependency ratio 61.29
Small business growth 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 29.07
Capital gains 31.31
Income growth 60.52
Reverse mortgages 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 46.02
Median rental price 70.18
Households with older adults 39.04
Nursing beds 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 70.35
Home health-care service providers 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 14.8
Cost of assisted living 71.61
Nursing-home rating 22.29
Older adults in family homes 82.84
Cost of adult day services 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 31.34
Employment growth 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 9.94
 
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Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 63.01
Number of public libraries 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 12.40
Funding for older adults 25.37
 
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